Chopper licence cancellation: HC to hear Vectra plea today

The Delhi High court will hear a petition filed by the Vectra Group which has challenged the decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs and DGCA to cancel its licence.

FP Staff May 09, 2012 10:43:23 IST
Chopper licence cancellation: HC to hear Vectra plea today

The Delhi high court is expected to hear a petition filed by Global Vectra Helicorp, the aviation arm of the Ravi Rishi-led Vectra Group which operates a fleet of helicopters, challenging the civil aviation regulator's decision to suspended the company's operations permit.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Monday scraped the firm's permit after the home ministry raised security concerns.

The permit suspension came as the government had cancelled the security clearance of the company.

Chopper licence cancellation HC to hear Vectra plea today

Vectra group Chairman Ravi Rishi who is under the scanner for discrepancies in Tatra truck acquisitions. Screen grab from CNN IBN

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is currently probing the alleged role of the London-based Vectra Group chairman Ravi Rishi in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Tatra deal and the bribery allegations made by the army chief.

"We will also cancel the airport passes given to the employees of the company. We have told Pawan Hans (helicopter company) to fill in the supply gap," Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told reporters outside parliament on Friday.

The company refused to confirm the government decision.

With a fleet of 23 choppers, the company operates onshore and offshore operations for oil companies and also caters to tourist travels in northeast India.

The company operates to major shrines like Vaishno Devi and during the Amarnath Yatra.

Vectra Group of companies is engaged in aviation, heavy engineering, real estate, information and technology and security systems.

with inputs from IANS

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